How to Trick The Goalie and Score More Goals
Simple Trick to Score More Goals
One thing many hockey players want to do is score more goals. To some, scoring goals comes naturally. To others, they have to work harder and use tips and tricks to their advantage in order to fool goaltenders.
Let’s take a look at a simple trick that might help you score more goals when you’ve beaten the defenders and are alone in front of the goalie.
There isn’t really a name for this trick because it’s pretty straightforward. It’s not a deke or special move by any means, but it can mean the difference between getting a goal or just a simple shot on net.
This trick has to do with the way you carry the puck. When alone against a goalie and looking to score, a lot of your success has to do with the element of surprise.
If the goalie knows you’re shooting the whole way down, he’s going to come out and play his angles, giving you no room to pick the corner. Furthermore, he’ll be ready for the shot.
On the other hand, if the goalie knows you’re going to deke, he won’t come out of his net and you’ll have a mighty hard time trying to catch him out of position. Again, he’ll be ready for the deke and won’t even consider shooting as one of your options.
As mentioned before, you might be literally “telling” the goalie what you’re about to do by the way you carry the puck. Good goalies know how to read a player, and one of the ways they do so is by noticing this one thing that tells them whether us players are going to shoot or deke.
Have any idea what it is?
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If you haven’t guessed, it has to do with either carrying the puck in front of you or off to the side. If you’re coming down on a goalie and you’re carrying the puck in front of you the whole time, it means you’re looking to deke. Why? because it’s pretty hard to take a shot when your stick is out in front of you. If you do manage to take a shot, it won’t be a very good one and it’ll be an easy save for the goaltender.
If you’re carrying your puck on the side, this more often than not means that you’re thinking to shoot when a hole becomes available.
Goalies know this, and they position themselves accordingly. If you’re not aware that you’re doing this when on a breakaway, you could really be limiting yourself in options once you get to the net.
Instead of carrying the puck out front (in a deking position) or way off to the side (in a shooting position), try carrying your puck somewhere in the middle of the two. In other words, carry the puck in the 45 degree zone. If this sounds confusing, take a look at the illustration below:
When carrying the puck this way, you’re essentially ready to deke OR shoot, and the goalie has no idea what to expect. He can’t lineup for a deke or a shot, because he has to respect that fact that due to the way you’re carrying the puck, you can choose any option.
This results in more openings for you and more room to make decisions on the fly. The element of surprise that this simple trick creates is enough to get you those extra few goals you want every year.
Practice it during practice and you’ll see how effective it is. Notice how your goalie reacts to how you carry the puck.
While this is a simple trick that most goal scorers use naturally and without even knowing it, it helps to break it down and have it explained for others who are looking to score more goals and improve their game.
Leave a comment below and let us know how it works out for you. If you have any other breakaway tricks, we want to hear them!